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Quilter’s World Feb 2013 – 7-Patch Quilt

Quilter’s World Feb 2013 – 7-Patch Quilt

on Dec 29, 2012 in art gallery fabrics, Blog, pattern, Press, quilt | 3 comments

It happened. It finally happened!!! My quilt is one the cover of a magazine. Sure, it is the small inset circle image, but it totally counts! Making the cover of a magazine has been one of my goals ever since 2004. Seriously. I’ve made a back cover or two and even a table of contents, but now I can actually check off the COVER box. Wahoooooo!!! Over the Christmas holiday, my Mother In Law and myself were at Joanns. She asked if I had any quilts in any of the magazines on the rack in front of her. “I have one in Quilter’s World in February, but I don’t know if it is out yet.”?? So she looked around and says “This one?”?? OH MY GOSH! YES!!! When I arrived home, the Designer’s Copy and finished quilt were on my couch. They were delivered that afternoon. Best.Friday.Evah. So what did I make?? Something super easy and super fast and a tiny bit “Something About Mary” (Hitchhiker 7 minute abs scene). 9-patch, that sounds good, but what if someone came out with 8-patch or 7-patch? Well, that is what I did- I took the 9 patch and made it faster, simpler and more modern…. oh, and eliminated 2 patches. It is a contemporary traditional style of quilt, for sure. All the blocks are 15″ finished in the quilt design, and are all made using a strip piecing technique, just like in traditional quilting. I used Art Gallery Fabric solids, Pure Elements, for the entire design and my friend, Evelyn, did the square quilting design. You can see that much better in the magazine article. ((*The real quilt and magazine pattern are much bigger than the digital mock-up, pictured above.)) On newsstands, at craft stores and at quilt shops now! If you need a quick project, this one is for...

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SEW IT ALL VOL 5

SEW IT ALL VOL 5

on Dec 4, 2012 in accessories, Blog, pattern, Press, recycle, sewing | 1 comment

Last year, I did a filming of Sew It All TV out in Golden Colorado. That was an amazing experience. The show was very cool behind-the-scenes and the editors of Sew It All were outstanding. I decided on the plane ride home that I would try to submit work to a “non-quilt” magazine for a change. I’m delighted to tell you that worked out very well. I submitted a bound wool hound’s tooth bag. The bag is made from recycled skirt from the thrift store and mixes techniques (in my opinion) since the bag is finished with a traditional quilt binding. I first showed you a version of the bag her on the blog, early last year. Not only is by bag, with 3 variation designs, rockin page 53, but Sew It All does a bio on their contributing authors, complete with a head shot. Hooray!!! I have a tiny Jen in the Author Section. And look at the great company I keep. Exciting times!!! The magazine is on news stands now and can also be ordered online at sewitallmag.com. It was great to work with the ladies over at Sew It All. Thank you for also featuring my pattern as one of the home page slide show pictures. Hooray hooray...

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Quilter’s World Nov-Dec 2012 Clutch Purse

Quilter’s World Nov-Dec 2012 Clutch Purse

on Nov 26, 2012 in Blog, Press | 3 comments

What a week I’m having!!! WOOT! Have you seen the latest issue of Quilter’s World Magazine?? Wanna know who is hoppin’ up and down to see her clutch purses in it?? THIS GIRL! The clutch purse pattern comes with a couple different styles of flap with even more available online. There are also two closures for this pattern, a zipper AND magnet clasp. Both closures are super easy to install. And if that wasn’t enough- the pattern pieces are designed to fit on those “extra” pieces of 10″ squares, after you make a project and have a couple squares of pre-cut fabric layer cake leftover – BAMMO -> Clutch Purse/s. I hope you’ll love the project. I ended up making a couple sets of clutches for this issue. The “chubby” purse, Denyse Schmidt Fabrics (for Joanns), in the lower right of the picture, is full of? nail polishes and cotton balls. It is a gift and comes with its own stylish travel clutch. I hope my friend likes it. The other blue, green and brown fabric is by Benartex. Those colors look great together. Oh, and let me show you the closure real quickly. So you can see how it looks on the...

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Sewing Bags FREE eBook

Sewing Bags FREE eBook

on Jun 18, 2012 in accessories, Blog, book, Books, Press, sewing, tutorial | 0 comments

I’m happy to announce this fun new title, Sewing Bags, from our friends at AllFreeSewing.com. They compiled 10 fun bag patterns from 10 different designers, into a FREE FREE FREE eBook for your sewing enjoyment. I was thrilled that the popular Beach Bag was invited as one of the 10 patterns. The book is a downloadable file available on their website. You’ll have to check it...

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Seamingly Accurate in Quilts and More Summer 2012

Seamingly Accurate in Quilts and More Summer 2012

on Apr 27, 2012 in accessories, Blog, Press, Seamingly Accurate | 1 comment

Hooray hooray! The Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide has gained the attention of the folks at Quilts and More Magazine! Our super useful, super affordable seam guide is featured as “HOT STUFF” on page 6. PAGE 6, I tell you. I’m over the moon. If you haven’t heard of the Seamingly Accurate, it the original re-positionable adhesive seam guide to place on the bed of your sewing machine, to use in a variety of sewing projects. The guide ensures accuracy on all seam allowances and stitching widths, up to 5 1/4″ to the right (best used for casings and drapery rod pockets) and 1 1/4″ to the right. “The guide’s markings make it easy to sew 1/4″ seams, wide hems, flanges, half-square triangles and more without guessing or marking your machine with masking tape.” – Quilts and More, Summer 2012 The magazine, from Better Homes and Gardens, is on sale now. Go grab a copy for yourself. Thank you thank you, Quilts and...

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Sew It All TV Taping

Sew It All TV Taping

on Oct 24, 2011 in accessories, Blog, blogging others, Press, sewing | 2 comments

I’m back from taping my segment on Sew It All TV. I have never done anything like that before… ever. That was SO much fun. It really wasn’t at all what I was expecting. First hair and make-up. Like dork, I did my make-up and fixed my hair at the hotel. I really didn’t know if it was “from scratch” or “to make me not shiney” kinda make-up. Turns out, a little of both. The stylist, Angela, did a great job making my curly hair curly, too. It was really fun. The best part was getting a make-over without the “and the next product we’re using is blah blah and it costs XX dollars.”? She did have many many products in her little arsenal, though. Side note 1: I was so fixed up that, 6 hours later, at the airport, I got carded. Yep. I asked the waiter “Y’all, have to card everyone don’t you?”? And he says “No, just if they look under 30” Whooohooo! I’ll take it!!!! Thanks, Angela! Side note 2:? While at the airport, I still had really springy curly big hair. (Which is cool, since I am from TX and all.)? So I go through airport security and the lady says “Step to the side for a pat down.”? What?? Seriously. Geeeees…. Well, as it turns out, they only had to pat down my HAIR! hahahaha. Who hides contraband/weapons in a biggish-hair hair-do??? Seriously. It was super funny to me, probably less funny to the TSA agent. After the great miracle makeover of 2011, it was a quick bite to eat and then onto the set. The set is really really orange. I think in the pictures (on the blog) the orange might make my skin read kind-a oompa-loompa-y, but I’m sure it will look normal on their fancy cameras. There were 3 or 4 cameras + camera guys + mic/sound guy + a director + Kim from Sew It All who relayed the countdown & timing from the director. Lots goes into a short 30 minute show. And none of the stuff I saw includes all the post production, editing, etc. That is ALOT of work. And here’s an interesting bit. They film...

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Connecting Threads

Connecting Threads

on Oct 23, 2011 in Press | 1 comment

I am honored to have Deploy That Fabric included in Connecting Thread HUGE book sale event. The sale ends Oct 31st! You should see the many great book titles they have listed for all different types/styles of sewing and quilting. Thank you, Connecting...

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Quilting Arts Gifts 2011

Quilting Arts Gifts 2011

on Sep 9, 2011 in Blog, Press, sewing | 3 comments

I’m so happy to share the new issue of Quilting Arts Gifts with you! This is the last magazine for 2011 that has one of my projects, The Cold Weather Kit. (Looks like I need to get busy submitting ideas for next year!) Sometimes I get asked how to submit to a magazine, so instead of showing you the article in the magazine, I thought I’d show you the actual pictures I sent along with the detailed description to the address listed on the “Call for Submissions” page. I started with glove savers and a minky-lined, ear-warming headband. When I submitted the description, I mentioned that I think the Cold Weather Kit would work well with a quick scarf in the collection too. On that note, the editor agreed and I whipped up a quick scarf a day or two later. Once the concept was ironed out, scarf, headband and glove-savers, I was given the green light on the project and was asked to make it in 3 colorways. Hello!!! Shopping!!! Sometimes, when you work with a magazine, you can have a fabric company “sponsor” your submission. That would mean that the editor wants to feature a company or line and the fabric company is willing to give you the yardage in exchange for mention/credit in the article. It’s really a win/win. In this case, the project was quite small and I was really jonesin’ to go to Material Girls, downtown. Here are the 3 colorways. Central Park- Moda, of course. Dena Designs – Free Spirit, of course. Stripes by Timeless Treasures… hum or maybe it was Marcus. {{Yes, I totally should know that kinda of stuff.}}? And then the minky was by Shannon Fabrics. That was a seriously fun shopping day. I did email my fabric choices/concepts to the magazine just to be certain, before I started slashing everything up. And that was that. Everything gets made up and directions are written, diagrams are illustrator’ed and then the whole sha’bang hits the mail/email about 4-6 months prior to the magazine hitting the newsstands. Pretty neat, right? So you’ll have to check out the article on page 28 to see how the magazine magically makes everything look amazing. OOOOOH-...

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